first_imgA 21-year-old man was charged with voyeurism Nov. 21 for allegedly pointing his cell phone camera at a student in a Zahm House bathroom stall, according to court documents obtained by The Observer. The man was previously enrolled at the University and has been identified as Benjamine Wears.On Sept. 22, around 3 p.m., a student told Zahm rector Robert Francis that while using a first floor restroom in Zahm, he saw the person in the stall next to him holding a cell phone near his ankles with the camera application open. According to the probable cause affidavit, the cell phone was “pointed into [the student’s] stall under the divider between the two stalls” and the student could see the camera application and images on the screen.Thinking a friend was trying to prank him, the student yelled “what the [expletive]” but the person did not leave the stall. The student waited until the occupant left the stall and eventually saw a man with black shoes and a green backpack with a plastic bottle exit and “bolt” out of the bathroom without washing his hands, court documents said.The student chased after the man but didn’t catch him, and later that day reported the incident to the Zahm rector, according to court documents. A police report was filed that afternoon.The next weekend, the student saw the suspect, “who identified himself eventually as Benjamine Wears by both name and by ND ID card,” according to the probable cause affidavit. Police on Oct. 4 interviewed Wears, who said several times he had not been at Zahm.When asked why he tried to swipe into Zahm in August, even though his card wasn’t able to open the door, Wears said he was testing to see if his ID really wouldn’t work on the dormitories, court documents said. When asked about a similar incident that happened in the Hesburgh Library, Wears said he was not responsible for the incident.After executing a search warrant for Wears’ phone and searching it, the Notre Dame Police Department did not find any videos of the inside of the bathrooms. However, the location data of the phone was consistent with Zahm House around the time of the incident, according to the court documents, and the phone’s data shows the camera application was open at a time consistent with the student’s description of events.According to the probable cause affidavit, the location data for Wears’ phone was consistent with the library around the time of the other incident, and the location data shows he left the library a few minutes after the time of the incident.Data from Wears’ phone allegedly shows he had visited websites where men were unknowingly recorded in bathrooms, according to court documents. However, there is no evidence he ever uploaded any videos to the sites.Wears faces one charge of voyeurism and had his initial hearing on Dec. 3., Jessica McBrier, the St. Joseph County prosecutor’s office spokesperson, said. Wears’ attorney, Michael Tuszynski, did not return a request for comment by the time of publication.University spokesperson Dennis Brown provided a statement on the alleged incident on behalf of Notre Dame.“The student is not enrolled at the University, and local authorities are addressing the matter,” Brown said.Tags: Hesburgh Library, NDPD, voyeurism, Zahmlast_img read more

first_imgAfter Saturday’s win, however, Russell focused on Sunday’s game in Minnesota (2-6). “We’re still working on being the best team we can be,” Russell said. “We’re 2-0 on this road trip, 3-0 is what we’re looking for (and) 2-1 is unacceptable.”That will sound as pleasing to Walton’s ears as the music he plays during practice. “Tonight we had 36 assists. If that’s how we play, then maybe at the end of the year, we have a chance to make the playoffs,” Walton said. “But when you start focusing on the playoffs and not on those little things, we won’t be close toward making the playoffs at the end of the year.” The Lakers obviously would have to stay healthy. They appeared to have avoided such a scare with Ingram, who missed the final 7:39 after rolling his left ankle. Ingram returned after having his ankle taped, but he still sat with the Lakers’ nursing a double-digit lead. Ingram walked afterward without limping, though his status for Sunday’s game in Minnesota remains uncertain.“I’ll see how it feels in the morning,” Ingram said. “But I feel great right now.”So do the Lakers, who strive to remain confident in their potential without losing sight on their day-to-day development. “Let the people keep not respecting us and let us fly under the radar,” Young said. “By the end, you’ll see some results.” Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson then interrupted Young and asked about the subject matter. After Young caught Clarkson up to speed, the two playfully chastised a reporter for bringing up the topic. “It’s not nice. You put pressure on these young guys,” Young said. “Now we have to make the playoffs when you said (before) we were the last team in the world.” The Lakers have hardly looked like the last team in the world. Save that honor for New Orleans (1-9), which fielded absences to Jrue Holiday (personal), Tyreke Evans (right knee) and Quincy Pondexter (left knee). Though Pelicans forward Anthony Davis had a team-high 34 points on 13-of-26 shooting and eight rebounds, New Orleans went scoreless for nearly five minutes after he left the game temporarily in the third quarter because of a bothersome back. Still, the Lakers have exceeded expectations in various ways. The Lakers offered a deep bench with Clarkson (23 points), Lou Williams (21 points), and Brandon Ingram (10). After once having off-court tensions, D’Angelo Russell (22 points, six assists) and Young (15 points) have thrived as back-court mates. Lakers coach Luke Walton sensed the Lakers maturing after collecting their first road win earlier this month in Atlanta. The Lakers then upset Golden State. The Lakers have averaged 107.9 points per game, a sharp increase from their NBA-worst 97.3 points per game average last season. “We don’t want to just be a team that has a winning record,” Russell said after Thursday’s win in Sacramento. “It’s not satisfying for us. I know we’re capable of being a playoff team. That’s the main focus.” NEW ORLEANS >> The friendly banter captured the Lakers’ sense of validation. It also showed the Lakers’ self awareness on not overreacting to a small sample size. The Lakers had just secured a 126-99 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday at Smoothie King Center by sharpening everything that spurred five wins in their last six games. The Lakers (6-4) fielded a deep bench, a dependable starting backcourt and strong ball movement. All of that helped the Lakers collect 36 assists, their highest mark since logging 38 against Houston on April 8, 2014.So despite those inside and outside the Lakers characterizing the 2016-17 season as a process focused more on development than results, some players have already expressed optimism with reaching another benchmark. Have the Lakers shown enough to suggest they can compete for a playoff spot?“We think we could, for sure,” Lakers forward Nick Young said. “If we continue to play how we’ve been playing …”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more